A common misconception entwined with authors is that they are socially inept, how true is that?
I find it for me at least, to be the complete opposite. I love people and since I write a lot of poetry and non-fiction, people, their circumstances, and journey’s, are paramount to my work and life. Even a fiction writer draws from experience so being socially awkward would be a hindrance. locking oneself up till a project is finished doesn’t mean we’re inept, just proficient.
What makes this particular genre you are involved in so special?
Jesus and Salvation is my life, to express openly my beliefs, and perhaps make sense of a perfect “Eternal Life” to others so they can have forever love and joy, just doesn’t get more important than that, I mean what’s more important than unconditional love?
When did it dawn upon you that you wanted to be a writer?
I began writing in a journal and poetry as a release while my parents were getting divorced. I entered poetry contest in the local paper at 9 and won, and never looked back,
What inspires you to write?
My life experiences, I think we all have a responsibility, whether through word of mouth, or writing, or through art, or song, to share. What would be the point of highs and lows in our Journey, if not to rejoice when things go well, or to help others get through similar circumstances of pain. No one wants to feel alone in life.
How often do you write?
Daily, it wasn’t always that way, (I started as an emotional writer, and than because I went from greeting cards, short stories, and poetry to books, I realized good or bad I had to discipline myself to write on a regular basis.
Do you think writers have a normal life like others?
To be honest I am not sure what someone considers normal. I think everyone’s life is their normal; because on a whole, I believe human beings acclimate to their circumstances and situations. Life is always evolving, so it’s like the line says ” we roll with the punches or we get knocked on the ground.”
What would you say is the easiest aspect of writing?
Subject matter, it’s everywhere you turn.
Over the years, what would you say has improved significantly in your writing?
Learning to cut back on the unnecessary adjectives, and over description, which caused you to lose sight of the point, yes we need to paint a picture but we aren’t artists we’re writers, so I have learned to wet the appetite, instead of describing the entire meal.
Do you proofread and edit your work on your own or pay someone to do it for you?
I do both, and I think it’s important to do so. The trick to self-proofing is reading out loud, otherwise you wind up reading the way you thought it and not the way you actually wrote it, and it helps take out some access fluff. I believe grammar and punctuation is just naturally secondary for the writer, whose concern is the thoughts and story line, so you need a professional for that absolutely in my opinion.
What is the most important thing about a book in your opinion?
That it catches your interest right from the start, and holds it all the way through; by making you interested in all the characters, and what’s going on, if there are no characters your interest in the topic should be fulfilled, new, and innovating.
What is your take on the importance of a good cover and title?
It’s like we always say you never get a second chance at a first impression, I Think it needs to reflect what we hope to find inside.
Have you ever designed your own book cover?
Yes my first book is part of series and I designed that and the sequel coming out in September/October
Do you read and reply to the reviews and comments of your readers?
Since I believe we re all meant to be connected in some form, I make it a point to respond myself to all letters, and reviews when able to, not every site allows you to respond to reviews.
Any advice you would like to give to aspiring writers?
Be true to yourself, and honest. Don’t force things, readers can feel it, better to wait on a natural flow, or sometimes change an original thought, than to force something that doesn’t work.
Tell us about your writing style, how is it different from other writers?
I write more conversational, “like friends around the table;” as a reviewer once wrote, it feels wonderful to hear a stranger say they felt as if they were sitting at the table talking with a wise dear friend, and not like she was being told how to do something, or being judged, I cried actually, it’s extremely humbling.
Do your novels carry a message?
Always, as they are inspired works, in fact sometimes when I read them back, sometimes it feels as if I am reading another writers work.
How much of yourself do you put into your books?
Though they are non-fiction for the most part, I usually add a short story about whatever the topic so the reader can say “Hey something similar happened to me and they can replace my story with theirs. It happens in this book but not as much in the series I am writing.
Who are your books mostly dedicated to?
Any person who is wanting to make the world a happier better place and spread smiles instead of negativity.
Who is the most supportive of your writing in your family?
That’s tough I have been writing so long, I would have to say my Friend Debra, she always told me I would write books, and she would buy me a Journal for holidays and birthdays and the first page would always say maybe this is the first Book.
Poets and writers in general, have a reputation of committing suicide; in your opinion, why is that the case?
As a writer who is also in the National Poetry Society, as Poetry is my first love, poets at heart, think and want to believe there’s a silver lining in everything. My friend Ellen once said “you would find good in a murderer,” and writers get to make things end the way they want in their books, and unfortunately life doesn’t always follow that train of thinking.
Do you enjoy book signings?
I love them, I love people, I love hearing them tell me face to face how they feel, so I can really see the emotion behind their words, regardless of what they are, it’s the connection, for me as well as them, it inspires me to be a better writer and a better me.